Defrosting your freezer is something many of us put off because it’s such a hassle. If you take a bit of time to prepare, it can be quite easy to do. If your freezer gets frosted up it can take more energy to run and you’ll have less space to put your frozen food due to the build up of ice and frost. Let’s have a look at how to defrost a freezer.
Switch Off Your Freezer
Firstly, our how to defrost a freezer guide starts with switching off the unit. If it’s a small freezer and is moveable, you can plan to take it outside so as the ice melts it can go directly do your outside drains, rather than on your floor. Once it’s switched off, leave the doors open and start to remove the food.
Remove The Food
Removing your frozen food is important. This is food that you have paid for and will feed your family. If you have cool bags, place your food in those and add ice packs to keep cool. If you have a secondary freezer, see if they’ll fit in there. Once frozen food defrosts you can’t refreeze it. So it’s important to keep it at a low temperature and out of direct sunlight. It might be an idea to have a few meals with your frozen food before you decide to defrost. That way you have less food to try and keep cold.
Prepare The Area
As the freezer defrosts, the ice and frost will turn to water. You need to prepare the area with newspaper and towels to collect the water. Water damage is not good for your property so soaking as much up as possible is key. Use towels inside the freezer as well as on the outside to collect the water. If there are drainage holes in the freezer, ensure that they are clear so the water can flow through. You might be able to use containers to collect that water.
Remove Trays & Holders
So often the trays and drawers and holders in our freezers can become iced up and hard to remove. It’s the perfect time to give those a clean when you are running through our how to defrost a freezer guide. If they are stuck, wait until the ice holding them in place melts. Don’t force them out or you risk breaking them. Give them a good wash, clean and make sure they are dry before putting them back in the freezer at the end.
The Waiting Game
How to defrost a freezer? The best way is naturally. Giving it time to melt away and then soak up the water is the best way. There are projects you can buy which claim to speed up the process but they aren’t worth the money. You might be tempted to use a hair drier but the mixture of water and electricity isn’t ideal. You also risk melting the plastic interior of your freezer, which will do more damage. Some people have even tried using car de-icer but that isn’t safe because it’s full of chemicals, near where your food will be stored. Just give it time and let your freezer defrost naturally.
Mop, Clean & Dry
Make sure you use towels and even a mop to get rid of all the water that comes out of your freezer. This is also the perfect opportunity to give the inside of your freezer a good clean. Ensure it’s dry too before you switch it back on, otherwise, the water will just turn back into ice and the frosting process will commence once again.
Switch It Back On & Restack
When your freezer is frost free and dry, close the door and switch it back on. You’ll need to give it some time to drop back down to the cold temperature needed for your food before you replenish it with your frozen goods. Remember, if there is any food that has defrosted, you can’t freeze it again. It might mean cooking some random bits and pieces for tonight’s tea but that’s much better than just throwing it in the bin.
Now you know how to defrost a freezer, you’re sorted for the next time yours needs doing.